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Freedom Summer: American Experience on WETA TV26 & HD

Watch the American Experience episode Freedom Summer  tonight, Tuesday June 24 at 9pm on WETA TV26 & HD. More air times here.

The summer of 1964 is known as Freedom Summer. More than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to destroy the foundations of white supremacy in the nation’s most segregated state, Mississippi. Working as a unified team, they canvassed for voter registration, created Freedom Schools, and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Their goal was to challenge the segregationist state Democratic Party at the national convention in Atlantic City. The campaign was marked by constant and deadly violence. This included the notorious murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of 35 churches, and the bombing of 70 homes and Freedom Houses. Learn more about this part of American history tonight at 9pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

 

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This Week on WETA UK: May 5-11

From modern British comedies and dramas, to historical documentary series, WETA UK has all the best British television 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Check out what we're highlighting in this week's WETA UK schedule.

Monday at 6pm catch the very first episode of Life on Mars. The hunt for a cold-blooded murderer becomes a desperate rescue mission for Detective Sam Williams’ girlfriend and fellow cop Maya. After a near-fatal car crash Detective Williams finds himself mysteriously transported to 1973. Is he in a coma? Has Sam gone crazy? Or has he really travelled back in time? Watch episode two Sunday May 11 at 10pm!

Tuesday at 10:30pm season 3 of the British comedy Chef! begins. Popular actor/comedian Lenny Henry stars as Gareth, Chef de Cuisine at the prestigious Le Château Anglais restaurant. Having realized his dream of becoming proprietor and cook at Le Château, Gareth’s obsessive perfectionism pushes the restaurant to the financial brink, and plunges his personal and professional life into chaos.

Wednesday at 6:30pm begin the popular comedy Moone Boy from the very beginning. This semi-autobiographical series is written by and stars Chris O’Dowd as the imaginary friend of 11 year old Martin, the youngest child in the large, loud Moone family. Headed by Martin’s sign-writer father who longs to be an artist and his frazzled mother, this is a family with a lot of love where everyone tends to pull in different directions! Martin has a unique view of life, dealing with enterprising school bullies with the help of his imaginary friend who also narrates his adventures.

Thursday at 8:30pm the hilarious British show Worst Week of My Life begins. With only one week to go before Howard and Mel get married, time slows and it quickly escalates into the week from hell. Howard lurches from one embarrassing disaster to the next in the week leading up to his wedding.

Friday at 9pm crime-drama Vera continues with season four, episode two “Protected”. In this episode, DCI Vera Stanhope and DS Joe Ashworth investigate the murder of David Kenworthy, found dead on the beach at Whitley Bay. Although spotted in an argument with a local business owner earlier that night, Vera digs into the past uncovering that the Kenworthy family and their business is not as respectable as it appears. When a second death occurs, Vera is faced with pressure to solve the case quickly; she must use all her tenacity to expose the rift in the heart of the fractured family.

Saturday at 10:30pm Masterpiece Classic’s Mr. Selfridge continues with season 2 episode 6. Harry's reputation suffers while he is in Germany; Gordon pens a condolence letter after a member of the staff dies at the front; Miss Mardle falls for her lodger; and Leclair's troubles deepen.

Sunday at 9pm & 9:30pm watch two episodes of Weapons of World War II. In the annals of 20th-Century warfare, World War II saw the sharpest and most dramatic rise in the design, manufacture and effectiveness of some of the world's most lethal weaponry. In this documentary series, the development of each weapon system is addressed from the outbreak of war through to its 1945 climax. This week, watch “Tanks”: Tank development was dramatic in World War II. From pre-war light tanks, we see the emergence of the monster tanks such as the legendary Panthers and King Tigers of 1944/45. Lighter, simpler tanks such as the Russian T-34 and the American Sherman overwhelmed German tank formations with their sheer numbers. Then watch “Midget Submarines”: From attacks on Pearl Harbor and Sydney Harbor, to the British Mediterranean Fleet and the Tirpitz, midget submarines played their part in some of the most gripping stories of the war.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: December 30-January 5

This week is a huge one. The new year, 2014, begins and WETA UK unveils lots of new programming. We’re excited to begin new comedies and documentaries this week. Read on to see what’s coming this week, December 30-January 5!

Monday at 10:30pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of the action comedy Spy. Tim quits his post at his mundane job at a computer store and unexpectedly stumbles into a career with MI5. Then at 11pm, watch British comedy Lead Balloon from the very first episode. Cynical comedian Rick Spleen (Jack Dee) tries to avoid an ugly baby's christening and stars in a public-service announcement about recycling that backfires.

Tuesday at 9pm catch two back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin. The second episode, beginning at 9:46pm, is the first episode in season 2. Martin and Louisa share a disastrous first kiss, Martin gets a new receptionist, and a local fisherman suffers from a list of ailments.

Wednesday at 11:30pm watch the WETA UK premiere of comedy Me & Mrs. Jones. The series follows the increasingly complex life of Mrs. Gemma Jones (Sarah Alexander) as she balances love, affection and motherhood between an ex-husband, one grown-up son, two young daughters and male admirers with a 20-year age gap. In the premiere episode, Gemma's life changes when her son returns from travelling and a friendly parent named Tom asks her out on a date.

Thursday at 9pm get your dose of mystery with back-to-back episodes of Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple. The first episode, The Secret of Chimneys, is about a weekend party hosted by Lord Caterham (Edward Fox) and attended by Marple (Julia McKenzie). One of the guests, Austrian count Ludwig Von Stainach (Anthony Higgins), goes missing. In the second episode, beginning at 10:30pm, The Blue Geranium is about the murder of wealthy Mary Pritchard (Sharon Small) in the village of Little Ambrose, where Marple's visiting old friend Rev. Milewater (David Calder), shortly after the unexplained death of a young man.

Friday from 1pm-7:30pm watch the best British action, mystery, adventures in the DC area! 1pm: MI-5, 2pm: New Tricks, 3pm: Waking the Dead, 4pm: Hustle, 5pm: DCI Banks, 6:30pm: Scott & Bailey.

Saturday from 8pm-10pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of Queen Victoria’s Children, a documentary investigating the claim that Queen Victoria's relationships with her children were complex and tumultuous. Behind closed doors, royal domestic life often seemed like a battlefield and this series uses a wealth of written material and photos left by Victoria, Albert and their children, including letters, diaries, memoirs and journals, to bring the subject and characters to life.

Sunday at 8pm join us for the WETA UK premiere of Tales From the Palaces. Discover mysterious marks from the time of the Salem witch trials, hidden in the roof of Kew Palace, and the tangible remains of 'the madness of King George'. And, admire the extraordinary efforts to recreate a complete Tudor feast and the painstaking, delicate repairs of Princess Diana's dresses. Then at 9pm, open your eyes to the bizarre, ferocious and surprisingly beautiful world of the invertebrates with Life in the Undergrowth! Join David Attenborough on his groundbreaking exploration into a spectacular miniature universe never normally seen, but teeming all around us. If you haven’t had enough documentaries yet, stay on WETA UK for The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler: Leading Millions into the Abyss part 1 at 10pm. This three part documentary examines Hitler’s relationship with the people he led during the Second World War, with the help of testimony from people who were there, compelling archive film and dramatic reconstructions.
 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA TV26 Movies November 23

On Saturday November 23, tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD and enjoy a night packed full of entertaining movies. The night begins at 9:30pm with the WETA Movie presentation of the Oscar-winning epic, The Last Emperor. At 12:00am, take an inside look at the world of Native American relay-horse races with Independent Lens: Indian Relay. Then at 1:00am, watch as an extraordinary Girl Scout troop works to unite five daughters with their imprisoned mothers in Independent Lens: Troop 1500.

WETA Movie: The Last Emperor at 9:30pm
Winner of nine Oscars, including Best Picture, The Last Emperor focuses on the dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China. Presented in an interesting nonlinear style, the biography chronicles Pu Yi’s ascension to the throne at age 3 and the effects of this sudden rise to power on his subsequent childhood. Through flashbacks and flash-forwards, witness Pu Yi’s reign as the leader of China, his time spent as a prisoner in the Forbidden City, and his final years working as a peasant gardener. Discover the fascinating and tragic riches-to-rags story of the last of the great rulers of China in the critically acclaimed epic, The Last Emperor. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Indian Relay at 12:00am
Indian Relay presents a compelling look at one of the most competitive, dangerous, and exhilarating forms of horse racing in the world today. Set against the broad panoramic landscape of the high plains, the film chronicles a season of Indian relay-horse races; a popular sport in Native American communities across the Rocky Mountain West. The film follows teams from three different tribes from Idaho and Montana as they battle from the dark, cold winter, to the deadly heat of summer. Though rivals on the track, the young racers bond over their love of sport, pride in their Native traditions, and a common cause: Offering hope to their families and communities. See what it takes to survive in this high-speed, daring world of horse racing with Indian Relay! Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Troop 1500 at 1:00am
The documentary Troop 1500 examines a unique Girl Scout troop that is part of a program aimed at encouraging incarcerated parents to maintain close relationships with their children. The film explores the struggles of five daughters growing up without their mothers while trying to balance the responsibilities of every day life. Conversely, the film presents the perspective of the mothers, struggling to repair the broken relationships with their daughters while serving lengthy jail sentences in Gatesville, Texas’ Hilltop Prison. Watch as Troop 1500 unites these five daughters with their imprisoned mothers in this heart wrenching documentary. Watch a preview here!
 

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New PBS Show Genealogy Roadshow | Watch on WETA TV26 & HD

Get ready to hit the road with the premiere of the new series, Genealogy Roadshow! Beginning this Monday September 23, catch new episodes every Monday at 9pm immediately following Antiques Roadshow on WETA TV26 and WETA HD!          

Have you ever wondered if you’re related to any famous historical figures? Genealogy Roadshow investigates the genealogy of those who think they may have a substantial link to powerful figures of the past and puts the wondering to rest once and for all! Watch everyday people find their link to important historical figures, places, and events. Genealogy Roadshow connects Americans of the present to their country’s great forefathers. Featuring a unique blend of history and science, Genealogy Roadshow truly exemplifies the cultural diversity and rich history of the United States. If you appreciate a good detective story with a striking emotional twist, this is the show for you. Travel along with Genealogy Roadshow in its premiere season as the crew ventures to Nashville, Austin, Detroit, and San Francisco!

Watch a preview of the series here!

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies July 6

The beginning of a new season provides a chance for change and reflection. Join WETA in celebrating change with three films that feature people in limbo.

Get Shorty (1995)
The film follows Chili Palmer (John Travolta), a gangster from Miami who is sent to collect a debt in Las Vegas. While there, he accepts an assignment from a casino and heads to Hollywood to collect a debt from B-movie producer Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman). Having always been interested in films, Palmer uses the opportunity to get involved with the business. Watch as he makes the messy transition from thug to producer, discovering that the two jobs have more in common than you might think. Also starring James Gandolfini, Danny DeVito, Rene Russo, Delroy Lindo, and Dennis Farina.
Tune in to WETA TV26 & HD Saturday at 9:30pm for the crime-comedy Get Shorty.

 

POV: Special Flight
Take a trip to Geneva’s Frambois detention center, a place where the rubber of Switzerland’s strict immigration policies meets the road. At Frambois are illegal immigrants waiting to be deported to their home lands. The inmates are stuck between the opportunities of a socially progressive Switzerland and the possibility of harsh consequences upon returning to their native countries.
Tune in to WETA TV26 & HD Saturday at 11:30pm for POV’s Special Flight.


POV: El General

A complicated legacy has left filmmaker Natalia Almada with a lot to think about. The great-granddaughter of Mexico’s villainous former president Plutarco Elías Calles, Almada tries to reconcile her grandmother’s memory of Calles with the perspectives of the millions of Mexicans who despised him. Using her grandmother’s tape recordings, Almada sees a woman who was trying to change the opinions of her father.
Tune in to WETA TV 26 & HD Sunday at 12:30am for POV: El General.
 

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Constitution USA with Peter Sagal | New PBS Series

In the mood for a little history this week?  Television host, Peter Sagal travels the country on his Harley Davidson in hopes of finding out as much as possible about the United States Constitution and how it functions in American society.  From New York to Texas, Sagal uncovers everyday Constitution issues that are frequently topics of debates throughout the United States such as same-sex marriage, firearm regulations, and freedom of speech.  Tune in Tuesdays at 9:00pm for the four part series, Constitution USA with Peter Sagal beginning tonight, May 7. Watch the trailer!

In part 1 of this 4 part series, Sagal hits the road to investigate the conflict between the law of the land and state law.  Known for being one of the most radical features of the Constitution, Sagal takes an in-depth look at federalism and how it has changed the United States of America.  Through a series of interviews with people around the country, we meet a Montana native who feels that he is being robbed of his constitutional rights due to firearms regulations.  Next, we travel to Oakland where a man who legally owns a medical marijuana dispensary according to California law is also subject to the death penalty according to federal law.  We also turn things around and check out the good that the central government does for this country by building dams, providing clean water and the development of interstate highways. Airs May 7 at 9:00pm.

 
In a changing day and age, Americans are taking more time to stop and think about one of the greatest contributions to this country, the Bill of Rights.  In this one hour episode, Peter Sagal investigates the Bill of Rights and how it affects the United Sates today.  In a country where people are extremely passionate about their rights and freedoms, new technology has people raising their hands.  Has the evolution of cameras and internet challenged our basic right to privacy?  And what other challenges will Americans face? Airs May 14 at 9:00pm.
 

It took a while but in 1868, equality became a constitutional right.  In part three of this series, Sagal takes a look at the rights of the people when it comes be treated equal and how far we really have come.  From equal protection to personal liberty, the Fourteenth Amendment deeply impacted the relationship between the states and the federal government.  Sagal is on the road again where in Tyler, Texas, he meets a group of siblings who fought a law prohibiting children of illegal aliens from attending public school.  Also, we meet two women in Berkley, California who bring their case all the way to the United States Supreme Court after they challenge the state of California for the right to marry one another. Airs May 21 at 9:00pm.
 
Can you believe there have only been 27 amendments in 225 years?  Some might argue this is not enough but others would be happy to dispute the fact that these 27 are all the Constitution needs to be superior.  Take a step back in time as Sagal uncovers the failure of the Equal Rights Amendment and how court decisions became the factor when it came to issues such as sexual discrimination.  Did you know that after Iceland’s economy collapsed, a new constitution was created through the collaboration of leaders who became inspired by the United States Constitution?  But why has our Constitution really lasted for as long as it has? Airs May 28 at 9:00pm.
 
 
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New! Watch Call the Midwife & Masterpiece's Mr. Selfridge

Just when you thought you’d never get over Sundays without Downton Abbey, WETA TV26 and WETA HD begins Call the Midwife season 2 and Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge this Sunday, March 31!

Read the full article to watch trailers of these two series!

 

This Sunday marks the season 2 U.S. premiere of the popular British drama Call the Midwife. Return to the Nonnatus House as all your favorite characters, and a few new ones, balance romance, friendship, and medicine in East End London during the 1950s.
 
In episode 1, it’s Nurse Jenny Lee’s birthday celebration at the Nonnatus House but as soon as the party comes to an end, she is assigned a new patient, the pregnant Molly Brignall.  The well-being of Molly and her child is compromised putting Jenny in a difficult spot.  Trixie and Sister Evangelina care for a Captain’s pregnant daughter but how will the two do aboard a ship?
 
 
 
 
 

Prepare to be swept back to early 20th Century England with Mr. Selfridge, the newest Masterpiece series based on real-life events. Follow the story of Harry Gordon Selfridge, an American businessman from Chicago, played by Jeremy Piven (Entourage). Selfridge moves to London and opens the department store chain Selfridges at the end of Oxford Street with £400,000 of his own money. Selfridge’s foreign principles and modern retail techniques create quite a stir in London society and the drama commences.

Harry Selfridge was a showman and his flashy, alluring window displays match the plot of this new show, which explores relationships, social change, and style. As the Selfridges climb the social ladder in London, they encounter many extraordinary characters on their way to the top. Follow not only the parties and glamorous gowns of high society, but also follow the stories of the working class Selfridges employees.